We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Earthquake science in DRR policy and practice in Nepal.

Oven, K.J. and Milledge, D.G. and Densmore, A.L. and Jones, H. and Sargeant, S. and Datta, A. (2016) 'Earthquake science in DRR policy and practice in Nepal.', Working Paper. Overseas Development Institute, London.


Nepal is a geologically active country with a long history of destructive earthquakes – most recently in the 2015 Gorkha earthquake sequence. There have been substantial advances in the scientic understanding of earthquake hazard in Nepal, but it is not clear how that understanding has informed, or could inform, national and international investment in earthquake disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities, and to what effect. This paper aims to understand the role that earthquake science plays in DRR policy and practice in Nepal by seeking answers to the following: What earthquake science is used by DRR stakeholders in Nepal, and for what purpose? To what extent is earthquake DRR policy and practice in line with current scientific knowledge? Where and how is scientific knowledge seen as particularly useful for policy and practice, and where is it seen to be less useful and why? What are the drivers of and constraints on the production and use of earthquake science? Are there opportunities to better produce or broker scientific knowledge for policy and practice? What effects could better use of earthquake science deliver, and to whom? This working paper is written for anyone with an interest in earthquake DRR in Nepal, in particular scientists who generate earthquake science and practitioners and policy-makers who could use it.

Item Type:Monograph (Working Paper)
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:© Overseas Development Institute 2016. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). Readers are encouraged to reproduce material from ODI Working Papers for their own publications, as long as they are not being sold commercially. As copyright holder, ODI requests due acknowledgement and a copy of the publication. For online use, we ask readers to link to the original resource on the ODI website. The views presented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of ODI.
Date accepted:13 June 2016
Date deposited:17 June 2016
Date of first online publication:June 2016
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar